Witness Testimony

Uganda v Kasigazi John (Criminal Session Case No. 54 of 2000) ((Criminal Session Case No. 54 of 2000)) [2000] UGHC 10 (31 March 2000);


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The accused was indicted for the offense of defilement. The prosecution called five witnesses and the accused called no witness and gave unsworn statement.

The prosecution needed to prove that the victim was below 18 years, that there was a sexual act and that the accused was the offender.

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The court held that regarding the age, she had testified when she was 11 years and she had looked young, as regards the sexual act, the medical evidence, the testimony of the victim and the corroboration of the witnesses all proved the performance of a sexual act.

As to the placing of the accused to the scene of the crime, the court held that the victim was unshaken in the testimony; the victim knew the accused and the act took place in broad day light. The accused had been placed very well and hence a conviction.


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